By Andy Goddard (@Godsy1985)
QB – Philip Rivers (Chargers) vs Miami Dolphins
Is it wrong to just pick which ever quarterback is facing the Miami Dolphins each week? Let’s be brutally honest, the stats back up this idea. The Dolphins D has been sliced apart in their first three games of the season allowing 10 touchdowns and nearly 30 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. And there aren’t any signs that this will get better for Miami.
Rivers hasn’t set the league of fire so far this season with 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions but he has averaged around 300 yards a game and performed very well last week, whilst under pressure from the Texans defence. He also has the best fantasy wide receiver (statistically) in Keenan Allen. The only downside is that teams may get so far in front (against the Dolphins) that starting QB’s get pulled. Even if this happens, Rivers should have amassed a fair number of points for your fantasy team.
QB – Dak Prescott (Cowboys) vs New Orleans Saints
The Miami Dolphins may have a bad defence but the New Orleans Saints are actually ranked even worse than that! Giving up an average of 30.39 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. The Saints have also given up 10 touchdowns (the same as Miami) and 957 yards through the air. Add to this that Dak Prescott is playing some very good football right now with a loaded offence and it’s an easy start. Prescott has thrown 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in three games and is averaging 27.87 FPPG.
Notable Mentions: Russell Wilson @ Arizona Cardinals, Matt Ryan vs Tennesse Titans, Daniel Jones vs Washington Redskins.
RB – Marlon Mack (Colts) vs Oakland Raiders
Mack is a workhorse for the Indianapolis Colts. Currently ranking second in the league in touches and averaging nearly 5 yards per carry, Mack has scored two touchdowns and is averaging 16.83 FPPG. This stat may look very average but in week 2 Mack was hold to just 2.6 yards per carry and was hampered by a calf injury during the week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Colts are facing the Oakland Raiders (in Indianapolis) who have given up almost 27 FPPG and 5.4 yards per rush to running backs through the first three games of the season.
RB – James Conner (Steelers) vs Cincinatti Bengals
James Conner has not been very productive so far this season (that’s being kind) but this is the week that all changes! He is up against a Bengals defence that is ranked dead last against opposing teams running backs, allowing an average of 34.47 FPPG to the position. Added into the equation is that Big Ben is going to be missing so the Steelers should lean on the run game early, and if it is productive, it could be a big week for Conner. Look for Conner to add to his solitary touchdown on the season.
Notable Mentions – Derek Henry @ Atlanta Falcons, James White @ Buffalo Bills, Austin Ekeler @ Miami Dolphins.
WR – Tyler Lockett (Seahawks) vs Arizona Cardinals
Lockett finally had a big game last week (against the New Orleans Saints) raking up 32.40 fantasy points as he caught 11 of his 14 targets for 154 yards and a touchdown. He has shown steady improvement through the first three games of the season and is primed for another big day against a struggling Cardinals defence who are having problems guarding against slot receivers. In fact, the Cardinals have given up an average of 140 yards and 33.4 FPPG to slot receivers. Lockett works out of the slot 73 percent of the time so could be in for another impressive game.
WR – Terry McLaurin (Redskins) vs New York Giants
McLaurin is quickly becoming a must have in fantasy! He has scored a touchdown in each of his first three games of the season and he will have ample opportunity to get four in a row against a Giants defence that is having difficulties against wide receivers, especially those that are running routes out wide giving up an average of 209.3 yards and 39.7 fantasy points. McLaurin caught 6 of his 8 targets for 70 yards in the loss to the Bears but should have much more success against the Giants.
Notable Mentions – Tyler Boyd @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Larry Fitzgerald vs Seattle Seahawks, Josh Gordon @ Buffalo Bills.
TE – Mark Andrews (Ravens) vs Cleveland Browns
Heading into week three, Mark Andrews had been the best performing tight end in fantasy football but he came back down to earth with a bang against the Kansas City Chiefs where he only gained 4.5 fantasy points. That can be seen as a blip on an otherwise very good start to the season which will continue against a Browns defence that has some injury concerns. Along with these concerns, the Browns also gave up two touchdowns to tight end Delanie Walker in week 1. Look for Andrews to bounce back with a 20+ fantasy scoring week!
TE – Will Dissly (Seahawks) vs Arizona Cardinals
Dissly is beginning to get some fantasy credit after a slow start in week 1. Through the past two weeks he has averaged 20 FPPG and against New Orleans he caught 6 of his 7 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown. The matchup against the Arizona Cardinals is a good one as they have given up nearly 30 fantasy points per game to tight ends. Dissly has become Russell Wilson’s second option as only Tyler Lockett has more targets for the Seahawks.
Notable Mentions: T.J. Hockenson vs Kansas City Chiefs, Darren Waller vs Indianapolis Colts, Austin Hopper vs Tennesse Titans.
QB – Josh Allen (Bills) vs New England Patriots
Have you seen that Patriots defence?! I wouldn’t fancy any quarterback going up against that right now.
QB – Jameis Winston (Buccaneers) vs LA Rams
Don’t chase the points. Last week Winston finally put up some decent fantasy numbers but against the Rams he will be back to week 1 and 2 Winston!
RB – Sony Michel (Patriots) vs Buffalo Bills
Michel has been awful through the first three games of the season and the Bills are strong against the run. Easy sit.
RB – Kenyan Drake (Dolphins) vs LA Chargers
I don’t think there is a single Dolphins player that is not on the ‘sit list’ right now but Drake is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry and is yet to find the end zone.
WR – Stefon Diggs (Vikings) vs Chicago Bears
Diggs may seem like a strange choice but the Vikings are now a running team and the Bears have a good defence, this equals poor fantasy performance.
WR – Josh Brown (Bills) vs New England Patriots
Brown has emerged as the top receiver for the Bills but this means he will most likely be matched up against the leagues best cornerback in Stephon Gilmore this week.
TE – Jarod Cook (Saints) vs Dallas Cowboys
Has anyone seen Jarod Cook this season? There must be missing posters all over New Orleans and now, to compound matters, Drew Brees is injured. The search for Cook will continue!
TE – Kyle Rudolph (Vikings) vs Chicago Bears
Next on the missing list is Kyle Rudolph. He has only run an average of 16 routes per game and has been targeted just 6 times through 3 games. This won’t improve against the Bears.